Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-12-2009, 09:03 AM   #1 
TianTian
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Utah!
Exclamation Frozen betta

STORYTIME:

Yesterday, my family bombed the house with foggers to get rid of a few pests (y'know, that time of year and all). On the back of the fogger packaging it highly advises to turn off fishtanks and/or remove them from the area. It was a sunny day outside and warm, so I put Cinder, and his tank, out on the patio just so he could get some sun. I figured since it was sunny and warm, Cinder wouldn't need his heater.

The day went on and we came back to the house, cleaned up after the foggers were finished and mopped down the whole house. I was so tired that I fell asleep, nice and cozy in my warm bed.

I woke up this morning and got up to feed Cinder.... and I realized all too late that he was still outside!!! What was worse, THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO BELOW 60 DEGREES F OVERNIGHT (hooray for weird Texas weather) and he had NO HEATER.

I rushed outside barefoot and found the tank still right where I left it. I tapped the glass, hoping to get a response.

Nothing.

I moved around the tank, looking frantically for my Betta. I finally found him literally curled up inside of his castle. I picked up the castle and looked at him fully.

He rolled over, pale and unmoving.

I about cried. I covered him with his castle again and prayed aloud that my Heavenly Father would preserve his life. I got inside the house and set the tank near a window and quickly thought of what to do. I couldn't waste any time; he was already on Death's doorstep.

I started dipping out the frigid water with large glasses and slowly refilling the tank with less-than-frigid water. I knew that if I poured straight hot water in the tank, the glass would break and Cinder would die from shock.

Then, I had an idea. I'd like to call it divine inspiration. I got a bucket and filled with with water that was about 80 degrees. I got a plastic baggie, scooped Cinder and some freezing water up into it and floated it in the warm water.

Gradually, Cinder came back to life. For about ten minutes all he could do was sit with his nose in a corner and flutter his fins. I kept checking on him for signs of dropsy. I feared his kidney would have failed with the freezing temperature. But no, Cinder relieved himself and I knew he was gonna be okay. Eventually, I offered him food and he took it. By the time almost twenty minutes had passed, Cinder was moving around like his old self again. I knew he was ready to go back into his tank because I stuck my fingertip in the baggie to check his water and he BIT ME.

I guess he's still pretty upset that I left him outside all night!!

So the lessons learned:

1. Don't leave your Betta outside. Ever.
2. If your Betta does have the unfortunate fortune to nearly become a popsicle, act quickly.
3. FLOAT YOUR BETTA IN WARM WATER. Do NOT immediately dump hot water into cold (you could break your tank!!)
4. Pray. I'm convinced that it works. I know it works.
TianTian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 09:31 AM   #2 
dramaqueen
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Texas
Wow, what a story!! Thank goodness he's ok!!
dramaqueen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 10:08 AM   #3 
BettaxFishxCrazy
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Wow, I'm glad he's ok!
BettaxFishxCrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 10:14 AM   #4 
ChristinaRoss
Member
 
ChristinaRoss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
awesome job!!!!
ChristinaRoss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 10:19 AM   #5 
AlexXx
Member
 
AlexXx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Boca Raton, Fl.
wow! great job dood! thats crazy.
AlexXx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 10:59 AM   #6 
TianTian
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Utah!
:D Thanks y'all!

Cinder's doing just fine. He flared at me a minute ago and he's a vibrant red color again. He's a bit more silver in the face, though. Should I be worried?
TianTian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 11:09 AM   #7 
DragonFish
Member
 
DragonFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Batavia, IL
O_O Whoa!! What a story! I totally would have panicked and not known what to do, awesome job and glad hes alright!
DragonFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 11:25 AM   #8 
Calmwaters
Member
 
Calmwaters's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Asheville, NC
Wow I am glad he is alright.
Calmwaters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 11:31 AM   #9 
Vikki81207
Member
 
Vikki81207's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Cartersville, GA
Wow, great story like always lol. I'm so glad he's okay. You did a good job thinking of floating him in water.
Vikki81207 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 12:07 PM   #10 
LeahK
New Member
 
LeahK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Honolulu, Hawai'i
Wow! Good for Cinder! That's an amazing story. You did a great job.
LeahK is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is it bad that I only feed my betta frozen blood worms and brine shrimp? Hankbetta Betta Fish Care 13 04-06-2010 05:51 PM
frozen brine shrimp Meg215 Betta Fish Care 7 02-19-2010 12:29 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.